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The Italian Art Society
by Mario Fusco

Outdoor cafe' scene in Venice - an acrylic original

Cafe' Tintoretto

An organization actively promoting the study of italian art is the Italian Art Society (IAS), a scholarly group with members from several universities in the US and Europe. Launched in 1986 in Kalamazoo (!), the Society is now affiliated with the College Art association, the Renaissance Society of America, the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, and the Society of Architectural Historians.

The IAS organizes lectures and conferences on Italian art, publishes newsletter three times a year, and awards travel grants to scholars in the pursuit of their studies. They also offer assistance in obtaining outside funding for Italian art and art history studies. Their membership includes established professors and researchers in the field, undergraduate and graduate students, and people who are simply passionate about the subject.

Some IAS upcoming events are:

IAS/KRESS LECTURES, to be held in the spring of 2012 in Venice, Italy
Milan, Italy, June 11–14, 2012,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, June 21–23, 2012.

For more information about the Italian Art Society please go to http://italianartsociety.org/

An example of original acrylic by Italian-born artist Angelica di Chiara is shown below. The Venetian ambience is beautifully pictured in this nostalgic outdoor scene. Find it on our sister site http://finestitalian.com for $495, or buy it here for the reduced price of $395 plus tax and a $20 shipping fee!

Tintoretto, venetian cafe' outdoor scene

Tintoretto in Venice

Leonardo da Vinci
by Mario Fusco

Vitruvian Man

The word “genius” is much bandied about in these days of facile judgments and commercial hype. One can, for example, go to the local Apple store and make an appointment at the “genius bar”, where a personable “genius”, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, just past puberty, will affably assist you with your Apple product. But then there are the undisputed, true geniuses, a very few throughout human history, who are or have been so far off the charts that sometimes they appear to belong to some other race, as far beyond the average human as the average human is beyond reptiles (no offense!)

Such an undisputed genius was the Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci, whose contributions as a scientist and artist truly boggle the mind. A description of the achievements of this Renaissance Italian must perforce include hyperbole, but this time amply justified and probably even short of the mark.

Leonardo lived from 1452 to 1519, was born in a hamlet near Vinci, and apprenticed in Florence in the bottega of Verrocchio. Most of his professional life, however, was spent in Milano, under the sponsorship of that city’s ruling family, the Sforza. A complete characterization of Leonardo’s professional curriculum would include sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, inventor, anatomist, and more.